Soulful French musician Adam Naas’ style – a sombrely romantic, contemporary dark soul– makes a powerful impression, with his distinctive voice and sound her performs personal, intimate, startlingly sincere soul-pop. After playing a sold out Royal Festival Hall show opening for St Germain in the EFG London Jazz Festival last year, tonight he will perform from his remarkable new self-titled EP (out now on Virgin/Mercury). It’s an emotional soulful outpouring from the heart, featuring plaintive piano chords and chilled stripped-back beats reminiscent of The XX and James Blake.
As part of this Wednesday night double bill Courts will appear alongside Adam. Drawing influence from a diverse spectrum of genres including funk, hip-hop, disco, grime and rock, the band have cemented themselves as a group of musicians who’ve worked hard to find an individual sound and found fans in Zane Lowe, MTV and Nile Rodgers amongst others. The live show is as equally an energetic and boundary crossing experience as the recorded music, with the band having just been hot listed by NME Magazine in their 100: Essential New Music for 2017. With so much impressive support under their belt and a string of releases, videos and shows planned for the coming year, Courts continue to pave the way as an up and coming act to keep a close on eye for the future.